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A behavioral study of distraction by vibrotactile novelty
University of the Balearic Islands and University of Western.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (National Institute for Working Life Umeå, Sweden)
Bournemouth University.
Medicinsk teknik, FOU, Norrlands universitetssjukhus, s-901 85 Umeå, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, ISSN 0096-1523, E-ISSN 1939-1277, Vol. 37, no 4, 1134-1139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Past research has demonstrated that the occurrence of unexpected task-irrelevant changes in the auditory or visual sensory channels captured attention in an obligatory fashion, hindering behavioral performance in ongoing auditory or visual categorization tasks and generating orientation and re-orientation electrophysiological responses. We report the first experiment extending the behavioral study of cross-modal distraction to tactile novelty. Using a vibrotactile-visual cross-modal oddball task and a bespoke hand-arm vibration device, we found that participants were significantly slower at categorizing the parity of visually presented digits following a rare and unexpected change in vibrotactile stimulation (novelty distraction), and that this effect extended to the subsequent trial (postnovelty distraction). These results are in line with past research on auditory and visual novelty and fit the proposition of common and amodal cognitive mechanisms for the involuntary detection of change.

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American Psychological Association , 2011. Vol. 37, no 4, 1134-1139 p.
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attention capture, oddball paradigm, tactile modality, novelty, distraction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45711DOI: 10.1037/a0021931OAI: diva2:434321
Available from: 2011-08-15 Created: 2011-08-15 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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